The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.
break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900’s!
More than 6 out of 10 of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people’s litter and avoiding buying bottled water.
Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:
Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
Recycling what cannot be avoided
Are you in for the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge?
Have you ever wondered how you could cut down the amount of plastic you throw away? Why not try taking your own plastic challenge to see how many single-use plastics you can swap out of your everyday life? Making a small change like using a refillable bottle might not seem heroic, but, as less than half of the 13 billion single-use plastic bottles sold in Britain each year are recycled, your actions can help make a huge difference. Look at our top tips below for inspiration and share your stories with us on Facebook and Twitter!
video clip courtesy of Sky Ocean Rescue